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Abusing Copyrights to Silence Critics, Control Customers, and Crush Competition

Dec 29, 2009, 23:32 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Carla Schroder)

"Hardly a day goes by without yet another news story about creative uses of copyright, the DMCA, and generic attack lawyers to stifle free speech, criticism, and competition. It seems that money can buy all kinds of creative "justice." For example, in the increasingly bizarre Apple vs. Psystar drama, in which Psystar commited the awful crime of selling a tool to help customers install Mac OS X on the hardware of their choice, Apple have prevailed yet again in court, and Psystar cannot do this anymore. Linux Today readers, as usual, offer clear insights:

"What They've Twisted Copyright Into

""The whole case with Psystar just underlines what big business has twisted copyright into. The so-called 'DRM' in Apple's operating system isn't to prevent copying of the software, but to prevent installation on a non-Apple machine."

""Psystar wasn't selling pirated copies of Apple's operating system, they were simply installing legitimately purchased copies of the operating system on machines not made by Apple. The only thing prohibiting this is the EULA for the operating system, not copyright law, so how does this this by any stretch of the imagination make them "hardcore copyright infringers"? At most it puts them in violation of the EULA, a contract, not copyright law."

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